Business Espoo – Business services at your disposal in the heart of the Aalto campus

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2018-09-13 Harri Paananen

Business Espoo

At the beginning of August, actors offering business services in Espoo took a step closer to the customer when Business Espoo started its operations in A Grid at Otakaari 5. Business Espoo is (at the time of writing this) a network of seven organisations that serves experts, businesses, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in shared facilities in the middle of the Aalto campus.

Participants of Business Espoo include

  • City of Espoo Economic and Urban Development Unit, which is responsible for economic policy, employment, international matters, immigration, city marketing and events

  • Espoo Marketing, Which develops the Espoo Innovation Garden ecosystem and is responsible for the city`s visit and hospitaly services

  • Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, whose Espoo unit coordinates, in addition to the chamber of commerce’s normal services, the Entrypoint mentoring programme that is about to be started between international experts and businesses in Espoo

  • EnterpriseEspoo, which provides free(!) counselling and sparring services to existing businesses and people who would like to start a business

  • Espoon Yrittäjät ry, which improves the preconditions for profitable operation of businesses and entrepreneurs in Espoo in collaboration with the city

  • TE office, which connects experts and businesses and provides counselling to new and existing businesses

  • Omnia, which provides services in, for example, recruiting, management training, work counselling and skills development

The aim of the collaboration is, of course, to achieve shared learning, more effective operation and more cost effectiveness by sharing resources, but everything centres around the aim to better serve you, current and future entrepreneurs and experts. We collaborate with Junction, DASH and the Aalto University Designing for Services course to achieve as clear understanding as possible of what kind of services you need and how they should be provided. Initially, the plan includes the one-stop service principle, shared communication channels and the collected service offering online.

We definitely need your opinions in order to make Otaniemi and the Aalto campus the best place in the world to do business, so you are welcome to have a chat anytime!


Harri Paananen
Head of Economic Development
City of Espoo